Los Angeles has certainly lots to see. Don’t always focus on touristy things and explore more. I have put together some places for inspiration to see when visit Los Angeles. If you have any question feel free to ask in the comment section below.
Venice Canals District (Danto Photography)
When in LA do not forget to head to one of the beaches. One of them is Venice Beach. It features the promenade that runs parallel to the beach, there are numerous beach volleyball, paddle tennis and the handball courts as well as the bike trail and of course world famous Ocean Front Walk also known as the boardwalk. From there you can also head to Venice Canals District which is not exactly like Venice in Italy but by all means is very beautiful place with tropical feeling.
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Why not to head to the Zoo? The Los Angeles Zoo is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing more than 250 different species of which 29 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with over 7,400 individual plants.
At the time of writing it runs Dinosaur Unextinct exhibition (costs 5 USD) with 17 life-size, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs on display. You can also explore Rainforest of the Americas exhibit as well as many other events and exhibitions throughout the year. Most importantly do not forget to visit Botanic Garden itself when visiting the Zoo.
The Wisdom Tree
After a huge wildfire in 2007 destroyed hundreds of acres the Wisdom Tree was left standing
If you are into hiking then it might be worth heading up to Hollywood sign and then towards The Wisdom Tree. Both are located reasonably close to each other. From the top you will enjoy magnificent view over Los Angeles, in particular during sunset/sunrise and the night. You can also find a box of notebooks by the tree with hikers hopes, dreams, and thoughts with pencils to write your own. It’s a very inclined hike so make sure you come prepared with plenty of water (it can get quite hot at most times of the year) and good shoes that are suitable for hiking.
The Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard
The Hollywood Walk of Fame consists of a series of stars embedded in the sidewalk to commemorate famous movie, radio, theatre, and TV personalities. Since 1960, over two thousand stars have been immortalized. The schedule for upcoming star ceremonies is listed on the Walk of Fame’s website. Along the walk of fame you will also find Hollywood Wax Museum, Madame Tussauds Hollywood and TCL Chinese Theater. Another famous theater on the street, the Dolby Theater, has been home to the Oscars movie award ceremony since its opening in 2001.
The Hollywood Bowl
Originally built in 1922, the Bowl is the largest natural amphitheater in America, capable of hosting up to 18,000 people. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed its distinctive circular arches in 1928. Dress warmly and bring a picnic to enjoy before the show. Seats are tiered with different price levels. You can save money sitting higher up and still have a great view, thanks to the giant jumbo screens that accompany each performance. Buy tickets in advance online or at the door starting as low as $1 and ranging in the hundreds depending on the performer and where you sit. Some of the events are accomplished by fireworks.
To see what events are taking place in The Hollywood Bowl please visit http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/calendar
Santa Monica Pier and Beach
Landmark that’s been there for more than 100 years. It features the amusement park, food court areas and the hotel. Don’t miss the chance to snap a picture by the End of the Route sign on the Pier for the legendary Route 66, which ends its 2,500-mile journey a few blocks away at Olympic and Lincoln Boulevards.
The immensely popular outdoor mall is considered one of the most popular destinations in all of L.A, it has something for everyone. With the famed Farmers Market on one end and an array of restaurants to choose from, even the most discerning foodies will end up satisfied. The Grove features a large center park with an animated fountain designed by WET. Its music fountain show plays every hour, though the feature has a non-musical program in between shows.
One of the Malibu Beaches (Malibu)
Located about 30 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, Malibu consists of 21 mile strip of Pacific coastline, scattered with endless beaches. Anything from rocky to sandy beaches. It is a perfect place to escape the city and relax. A great combination would be to explore the L.A. city and then head to Malibu for a few days to relax. You can find out quite a large list of beaches that are stretched along the Malibu here – http://www.californiabeaches.com/southern/los-angeles-county/malibu/
Santa Catalina Island
Santa Catalina Island (Backcountry)
A golden nugget. If you do have some spare time left after you have seen everything in L.A. Try this – Santa Catalina island. This island is located 22 miles or 35 kilometres off the Southern California coast. Catalina Express ferry would take you there in about 1 hour across the sea or you can take a helicopter and get there in 15 minutes. On the island you will find a beautiful town of Avalon where you won’t see any large cars around. You can go Scuba diving, camping or play golf. Or you can explore the country side and go on a tour to explore the wild side of the island. There is also a casino and a museum and you can go hiking and camping. And if you finally get tired of all that then you can relax on one of the resorts on the island.